The official Microsoft page at Microsoft-Windows-11
states as requirement:
- Processor 1 GHz or faster with 2 or more cores on a compatible
- 64-bit processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
Does this mean there will be no 32-bit edition of Windows 11?
As far as I know, usually one can run 32 bit Windows on any CPU, so the CPU requirement may be totally unrelated.
I cannot find any data whether a 32 bit version will exist. I see unofficial downloads for both 32 bit and 64 bit, but these may well be not the final word. Does anyone have a definite official statement?
I found the following for Windows 10 at Windows 10 Requirements
Beginning with Windows 10, version 2004, all new Windows 10 systems will be required to use 64-bit builds and Microsoft will no longer release 32-bit builds for OEM distribution. This does not impact 32-bit customer systems that are manufactured with earlier versions of Windows 10; Microsoft remains committed to providing feature and security updates on these devices, including continued 32-bit media availability in non-OEM channels to support various upgrade installation scenarios
This is for Windows 10, not 11, but there seems to be a trend here. Logically it makes sense, but looking for official statements specifically for Windows 11 and certainty here.
The thing is - how does a customer upgrade to Windows 11 if he runs Windows 10 32 bit? That still is supported right now, per the above statement (on "non OEM channels").